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Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 11:23 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry has heard evidence that Jamaican law enforcement authorities explored the possibility of taking drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke into custody outside of his Tivoli Gardens stronghold. Deputy...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 10:56 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

A high-ranking member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has indicated that some of the country's top entertainers were coerced by drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke to perform free of cost at a reggae show he organised for...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A St Andrew woman who was sent crashing to the floor of a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus that was negotiating a corner has been awarded just over $3 million in damages for her injuries.Janet Stewart-Earle suffered injuries to her hip,...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A WEST Kingston woman has been awarded close to $50 million in damages almost 14 years after a bullet, believed to have been fired by a member of the security forces, left her blind in both eyes during the 2001 police-military operation in her...

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

An 18 per cent jump in murders four months into the year has wiped out the gains made last year, but the country's police chief is insisting that it's not time to panic."If it is happening over a much longer term, then we really have a problem. But...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

THE ATTORNEY for the Reverend Merrick 'Al' Miller has argued that there are numerous unanswered questions about the actions of the police on the day drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was captured with the popular clergyman.Citing evidence by the...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2015 | 5:16 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The Reverend Merrick 'Al' Miller will know on June 5 whether the corruption charge against him will be dismissed. At that time, Resident Magistrate Simone Wolfe-Reece will make her ruling on a no-case submission made today by Miller...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

EMERGENCY CALLS to the police 119 number are sometimes redirected to a separate call centre, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has revealed.Superintendent William Kesler, who heads the Police Control Centre, said it has not been determined...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The bush fires that for nearly two weeks have been sweeping across hilly sections of Mavis Bank in east rural St Andrew have already torched more than 500 acres of agricultural lands resulting in losses...

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

One long-time coffee farmer has warned that the bush fires sweeping across several communities in east rural St Andrew since last Saturday could leave billions of dollars in losses and deliver a major blow to the nation's world-renowned coffee...

Published:Friday | May 8, 2015 | 4:57 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Long-time coffee farmer, Joan Gordon-Webley, says the bush fires sweeping across several communities in east rural St Andrew since last Saturday could leave billions of dollars in losses. She says this would deliver a major blow to Jamaica's...

Published:Friday | May 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaican investigators have taken possession of a little over US$300,000 or approximately J$35 million belonging to drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and are on the hunt for more.The Financial Investigations Division (FID) revealed yesterday...

Published:Thursday | May 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Sharon Miller was concerned about the "rapid decline" in the health of her 81-year-old mother and decided last month to take her to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). It was during that April 13 visit, Miller said, that she got the grim news that...

Published:Wednesday | May 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Amid a push by the Government to acquire body cameras for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), there is a warning from the leaders of two Canadian law-enforcement agencies that the technology is very expensive to manage.Chief Devon...

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2015 | 8:52 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Two policemen attached to the St Ann Division were killed this morning in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide. The identities of the two male cops have not yet been ascertained. The Gleaner Online understands that about 3 o'clock...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A 12-year-old student yesterday made an impassioned plea to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to help stem the number of children killed each year in motor-vehicle crashes across the island.Since 2010, the Transport Ministry says approximately...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

HE IS widely regarded as a tough, street-smart crime fighter, but in his new role as head of the West Kingston police, Senior Superintendent Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford has signalled that he intends to use a raft of social initiatives to inspire change in...

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

CHAIRMAN OF the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons has received a vote of confidence from residents of Tivoli Gardens who have described him as being impartial and a keen listener.The accolades came during a two-hour tour of the...

Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 11:15 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The members of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry are now in West Kingston touring several communities. Commission Chairman Sir David Simmons was flocked by residents, some of whom hugged and kissed him as he got out of his car. Some of the...

Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 10:17 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Ahead of a visit to west Kingston by the three-member Commission of Enquiry, residents are now staging a peaceful protest. The residents, some bearing placards, are claiming that former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has not been truthful in...

Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry yesterday heard evidence that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) fired a total of 1,167 shots when they moved into Tivoli Gardens after a police-military team had already secured the community....

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2015 | 2:14 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has contradicted evidence before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry that 35 or nearly half of the more than 70 persons killed during the 2010 police-military operations in west Kingston were shot in...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

THIRTY-FIVE or nearly half of the more than 70 persons killed during the 2010 police-military operations in Tivoli Gardens were shot in the back, chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons revealed yesterday.Declaring that...

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

THE WEST Kingston commission of Enquiry yesterday heard evidence that contradicted the testimony of former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington on the number of illegal firearms seized by the security forces during the May 2010 police-military...

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 5:38 PMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says he should only be judged by the way the May 2010 police-military operations in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens were planned, executed and monitored. At the West Kingston Commission of...

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